Monthly Archives: April 2016

Earthquake Updates (Day 2)

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(E-mail at 6:45 AM)
Good morning Kumamoto,

At 1:25AM, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Kumamoto, centered around Kumamoto City Higashi-ku and Mashiki. There has been damage reported in Kumamoto City, Mashiki, Uto, Yatsushiro, and Minamiaso areas. The tsunami warning that accompanied the first earthquake has now passed. Similar to the earthquake on Thursday evening, aftershocks have continued throughout the early morning hours.

Thank you to all the JETs to responded to us or their tantoshas about their safety in the middle of the night. It made our job a lot easier to make sure that everyone was taken care of.
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Earthquake Updates

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On Thursday, April 14 at 9:26 PM, a 6.4 earthquake hit Kumamoto, with its epicenter in Mashiki Town. Aftershocks from the initial earthquake lasted throughout the night and into the next day. There have been reports of damage across the prefecture, mainly centered in Mashiki and Kumamoto City. There was no tsunami risk reported with the earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks. Continue reading

JET Programme Video Contest – Spring/Summer

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CLAIR is holding a JET Programme Video Contest to help mark the 30th anniversary of the JET Programme in 2006. While it is labeled as a “Spring/Summer” contest, the rules are similar to the previous contest and does not necessarily need to be Spring/Summer themed. Current and former participants can submit videos. The contest theme is: “Japan’s Local Communities as experienced by JET Programme Participants”. Award winning videos will receive tickets for free travel within Japan.

Submissions will be accepted until August 10th, while online voting is open from June 1st to August 31st. Please visit the official contest website for more information. Good luck!

Greetings from Matsuda-sensei

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As of April 1st, Harada-sensei has returned back to junior high school (we wish him all the best!) and has been replaced in the International Affairs Division with Matsuda-sensei, who will be the new Japanese PA.

Here are a few words of self-introduction from Matsuda-sensei:

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Hello! I’m Keishi Matsuda, new Japanese PA from this April. I had been teaching English in high schools for 13 years until last March. My work here is completely different from what I have done before, but I’ll do the best that I can for the JET Programme with Roland. Also having taught in various kinds of schools, I can give you some relevant advice if you need it.

I had many ALT friends in my twenties. Most of my English has come from them, but words are changing every day. Through this job, I will make efforts to improve my English to help you and express myself correctly. “I help you” means “you help me!” Let’s help each other to make our lives meaningful in Japan.

I was one of the “Rocky Wings”, which was a student exchange programme between Montana and Kumamoto. Now I’m fairly surprised to work next to the State of Montana Japan Trade Office!

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you, ALTs and CIRs. And all tantoshas too, of course! See you soon!